Ongoing classes in Yoga and Tai Chi (May-August 2019)  

Tai Chi, Martial Arts & Self Defense


Tai Chi Chuan for Beginners with Steven Harrigan • Wednesdays, May 8-June 16, 6-7:15 p.m. • Is tai chi chuan an exercise for health and relaxation, or a martial art? The answer is both. In this beginning Yang-style class, you'll learn techniques to promote relaxation of the mind and body, centering, better balance, concentration and improved health. Tai chi chuan may also facilitate academic, intellectual and conceptual learning. $165. Contact Anne at 477-8943; or


Qigong Meditation Basics 3 and Iron Shirt Qigong 1 with Steven Sy • Saturday-Monday, May 18-20 • Qigong Meditation Basics T3 is a set of meditations designed to balance the upper/lower parts of the body in a grounded way. Iron Shirt Qigong 1 is a system of standing meditation designed to ground the body, both physically and emotionally, and to strengthen the physical body’s fascia (connective tissue). Prerequisite: Qigong Meditation Basics 2. $375. Contact Steven at (517) 295-3477; or


Tai Chi Qigong 1 and Qigong Meditation Basics 1 with Steven Sy • Aug. 2-7 • Tai Chi Qigong 1 is a rooted movement form designed to stabilize one’s emotions while strengthening the physical body. Qigong Meditation Basics 1 is a set of meditations designed to release inner tension, increase self-acceptance, open the heart, detox negative emotions, balance one’s inner energy, and rejuvenate the body. No prerequisites. $595. Contact Steven at 517-295-3477; or


Refine Tai Chi Qigong 1 and Qigong Meditation Basics 2 with Steven Sy • Aug. 8-13 • Refine Tai Chi Qigong 1 is a refinement training of the Tai Chi 1 form, a rooted movement form designed to stabilize one’s emotions while strengthening the physical body. Qigong Meditation Basics 2 is a set of meditations designed to promote relaxation, feed the kidneys, generate healing qi, and break up blockages along the microcosmic orbit pathway. Continuation of previous course. $595. Contact Steven at 517-295-3477; or


Beginning Tai Chi with Master Wasentha Young • Mondays, 10-11:15 a.m.; Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 7:15-8:30 p.m. • The Tai Chi form is a series of postures linked together in a continuous, fluid manner. As an internal Chinese martial art, the form focuses on self-cultivation, integrates both physical and mental energy mechanics, promotes relaxation, and builds a sense of presence and awareness. Tai Chi is often characterized as a moving meditation. Register for one class and you can attend all four sessions per week. $195. Contact Wasentha at 741-0695; or


Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan with Genie Parker • Mondays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m. • Wu Style tai chi chuan is a soft style martial art emphasizing balance and relaxation. All are welcome to learn this ancient art of meditation in motion. $45/month for one class/week, $70/two or more classes/week. Student, senior, and family rates available. First class free. Contact Genie at (248) 229-1060; or


Tai Chi for Mobility Maintenance and Multi-Level Tai Chi with Karla Groesbeck • Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:40-7:40 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.; Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.; Fridays, 1-2 p.m. • Yang Tai Chi and Silk Reeling classes are for individuals of any age and fitness level who seek to relax and have fun with this engaging body/mind activity. These are peaceful, flowing, low-impact exercises, well suited for calming, centering, and mobility maintenance. Prices vary. Seniors free. Contact Karla at 325-4244; or


Chen Tai Chi Ch’uan with Joe Walters • Mondays, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Saturdays 10-11 a.m. • Unique movement art emphasizing inner stillness and relaxation developed through disciplined whole body integration and refined awareness. Instruction in stance training, silk-reeling exercises, and Chen forms. $10/visit. $85/month. First class free. Contact Joe at 761-8786; or


Tai Chi Playground with Karla Groesbeck • Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Traditional and non-traditional Yang solo and two-person. Simplified 24, Yang 28 and 108. Fixed feet Tui Shou and moving feet non-competitive San Shou. Gentle push hands. Weapons: staff and sword. Multiple teachers and assistants. $64/8 weeks. Contact Karla at 325-4244; or


Morning Tai Chi with Master Sang Kim • Monday through Friday, 7-8:30 a.m. • Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. $225/month. Contact Alexis at 845-9786; or


Tai Chi with Diane Evans • Tuesdays, 9 a.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; and Thursdays, 6 p.m. • Tai chi classes at varying levels including a beginner group and continuing for those with more experience. $21/drop-in. Contact Imagine Fitness and Yoga at 622-8119; or


Tai Chi Pushing Hands with Joseph Wang • Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Pushing hands is an interactive Tai Chi training which helps you experience the world in a nonreactive and calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. $70/month, $21/drop-in sessions. Contact Alexis at 845-9786; or


Tai Chi for Arthritis with Jan Katz • Thursdays, 1-1:50 p.m. • Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of life, as well as preventing falls for older adults. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginners to improve health and wellness. $50/month or $17/drop-in sessions. Contact Alexis at 531-8796; or


Tai Chi Beginners with Master Young and Sifu Carey • Mondays, 10-11:15 a.m.; Tuesdays, 2:30-3:45 p.m.; Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7:15-8:30 p.m. • Learn the first third of the Yang Style Short Form. Focus on relaxation, meditation in motion, coordination, and cultivation of energy. $185. Contact Wasentha at 741-0695; or


SUN SHEN Basic Tai Chi Form with Alexis Neuhaus • Mondays, 6-7 p.m. • Build a solid foundation in Tai Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power which comes from relaxed focus. $55/month, $17/drop-in sessions. Contact Alexis at 845-9786; or


Tai Chi for Kids with Jonathan Buckman • Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. • From the slow Tai-Chi form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home. This class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness. Available to children from 5-17. $70/month, $21/drop-in sessions. Contact Alexis at 845-9786; or


Martial Arts Classes with Huron Valley Aikikai • Monday-Saturday mornings and evenings • Huron Valley Aikikai is a community of martial arts practitioners with the goal of providing an authentic, supportive, and high-quality environment for the study of Aikido. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children’s Aikido. For complete information, contact 761-6012;


Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America • Evening classes offered four days per week • Aikido is a form of Japanese Budo, a way of study including both physical and mental training. The word Aikido can be loosely translated as “the way of harmony with nature or universal energy.” Aikido is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. We study moving in harmony with others to eventually strike harmony with nature. Children’s classes offered also. Contact 662-4686;


Classes with Asian Martial Arts Studio • Ongoing classes • Martial arts classes include Aikido, Kung Fu, Karate, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, and Lion Dance with the goals of developing a truthful knowledge of the fundamental elements of our martial arts traditions and their roots in Asian culture. Children’s classes offered also. Contact 994-3620;


B.C. Yu Martial Arts Center • Ongoing classes • Forty classes per week include Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Modern Arnis, Mixed Martial Arts, and Fitness Kickboxing. Children’s program teaches life skills. Contact 994-9595; or



Using Props • Sunday, May 19, 1-3:30 p.m. • Confused about how to do certain yoga poses or do you just avoid them because they don’t work for you? Come find out how props can help change your practice, your body, and your life. $45. Contact Sue at 622-9600; or


Inward Bound Yoga at Friends Meetinghouse • Spring session begins May 13, Summer begins June 24 • Variety of approaches to yoga, including Hatha, Prenatal and Postnatal, Ashtanga, and several flow classes coordinated with music. For class descriptions and fees, see website:


Yoga Classes with Sue Salaniuk, Sally Rutzky, Susan Bellinson, and Pam Lindberg • Daytime, Evening, and Saturday classes • Yoga for awareness, balance, and transformation. Iyengar Certified teachers. Individualized instructions to help students learn and progress. $14/class. $20/drop-in. Contact Sue at 622-9600; or


One-Day Silent Meditation Retreat with Triple Crane Monastery • Fourth Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Spend a day away from hectic city and find inner peace and relaxation at suburban monastery. Retreat starts with 30 minutes stretching followed by intervals of one-hour sitting meditation and 30 minutes of walking meditation/yoga. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Contact Winnie at 757-8567; or


Yin Yoga and Meditation with Triple Crane Monastery • Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m. • Starting with five minutes of Huayen warming up exercise, followed by 45 minutes of Yin yoga and 30 minutes of sitting meditation. Free. Contact Winnie at 757-8567;


Open Level Yoga with Michele Bond • Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m., Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. • Each student is encouraged to honor their own unique abilities and limitations in this mixed level class, with variations offered for all levels. Our method blends the science of biomechanics with an openhearted, uplifting philosophy. Learn to look for the good in yourself and others as you enjoy a dynamic practice. $14 preregistered. $18/drop-in with permission. Contact Michele at 358-8546; or


Yoga Classes at The Yoga Room with Christy DeBurton • Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7:15 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7:15 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30-9:45 p.m. • Offering Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa yoga classes. See website for pricing and full schedule. Contact Christy at 761-8409; or


Iyengar Yoga with David Rosenberg • Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10-11:30 a.m. • Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of B. K. S. Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of wellbeing, reduce stress, and release tension through physical activity and meditation. The instructor emphasizes use of yoga props and individualized instruction so students of varying experience, age, flexibility, and strength can participate together. $99/eight classes. Contact David at 646-4195; or


Gentle Yoga Exploration with Ann Arbor School of Massage Staff • Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Gentle stretches and yoga poses in a group designed to accommodate those either new to yoga, or desiring of a peaceful and low impact class, to bring flexibility to shoulders, neck, hips, back, and relieve pain caused by tension. $10/class. $64/eight class series. Contact Mary at 769-7794; or


Hatha/Restorative Yoga with Swami Lalitananda • Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. • This class uses quieting yoga sequences to help de-stress and restore the body. The movements calm the nervous system and bring subtle energies back into balance. Please bring a yoga mat. $15. Contact Kashi at 883-6947; or


Classical Hatha Yoga with Triple Crane Monastery • Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • Start with a five-minute warm-up exercise, then one hour of custom yoga poses. Class emphasizes incorporating one’s body movements and breathing. Primarily focused on physical discipline, body strengthening, increasing vital life force, and calming one’s mind. Free. Contact Winnie at 757-8567; or


Qigong Self-Care Energy Work with Wasentha Young • Mondays, 9-10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. • Self-care techniques that will help to give you an energy cleanse and revitalize your sense of well-being. Focused on energy work, stretches, breathing, meditations, alignment, and acu-points. Register for one class and you can attend all three sessions per week at no extra cost. $195. Contact Wasentha at 741-0695; or


Compassionate Yoga with Mary Seibert • Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. • Hatha Yoga is appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Emphasis on mindfulness, breath, postures, strength, and balance. $13/registered. $15/drop-in. Contact Mary at 323-2520; or


Yoga Essentials with Michele Bond • Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • For those new to yoga, or new to this system, learn Universal Principles of Alignment that are an invaluable aid to learning the postures, deepening your understanding of the body, developing a yoga practice that is safe, joyful, therapeutic, and fun. $14/registered. $18/drop-in with permission. Contact Michele at 358-8546; or


Yoga for Athletes with Michele Bond • Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • This method will bring balanced muscular action, power, lightness, and spring to your sports performance, as well as grace and ease to daily movement. Enhance core strength, decrease risk of injury, and learn to heal pre-existing injuries with indispensable tools for anyone who likes to play hard. $14/preregistered. $18/drop-in with permission. Contact Michele at 358-8546; or


Restorative Yoga with Swami Lalitananda • Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. • Designed to soothe and refresh the body and soul using props and guided meditation. Please bring a yoga mat. $15. Contact Kashi at 883-6947; or


Friday Night Yin with Verapose Yoga and Meditation House • Fridays, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2 • Slower, more meditative practice characterized by gentle postures held for several minutes. These postures are designed to release tension and gently stress the connective tissues that make up our joints. Perfect for beginners. $5. Contact Courtney at 726-0086; or


Yoga Happy Hour: Basics and Restorative with Michele Bond • Fridays, 6-7 p.m. • An easy, gentle practice is exactly what your mind/body/spirit craves at the end of a long week. Feel your stress melt away as you relax by candlelight in our peaceful setting, surrounded by the inspiration of nature. $11/registered. $13/drop-in with permission. Contact Michele at 358-8546; or


Yoga Class with Zen Buddhist Temple • Tuesdays, beginning May 7, 6:30-8 p.m. • Beginning and experienced students in the classes learn traditional yoga postures with an emphasis on relaxation, concentration, and working with the breath. The instructors were trained by the Sivananda Yoga Organization, and combine that experience with meditation training. $60/all six sessions. $12/session. Contact Zen Buddhist Temple at 761-6520; or


Yoga Classes with Abby Dawson • Second to Last Sundays, 5 p.m. • Free yoga class offered on the second to last Sundays. Open to all experience levels. Learn more about the practice and re-energize for the week in this peaceful, hour-long class. Free. Contact Lisa at 369-8255; or


Yoga Classes at The Yoga Space • Various class times • Offering beginner, intermediate, advanced, and senior classes. Classes are an hour-and-a-half. $108/seven weeks. Contact Sue at 622-9600; or


Yoga Classes with Imagine Fitness • Mondays, 9:30 a.m and 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.; Fridays, 12 p.m. • Yoga classes for everyone. No experience necessary. Styles include Hatha, Restorative, Beginners, and Fundamentals. $21/drop-in. Contact Imagine Fitness and Yoga at 622-8119; or


Holistic Yoga Classes with Ema Stefanova • Jan. - Apr. • Each class covers a different topic. Contact Ema at or


Yoga Flow at the Farm with Carole Caplan • Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. • Traditional Kriya Hatha postures and techniques with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and philosophy. Small classes offer individual instruction. $10/class drop-in; $90/ten-week session. Contact Carole at 847-922-9693; or


Open Level Hatha Yoga with Ema Stefanova • Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. • This class is for new and continuing students. Increase core and overall strength and flexibily. Therapeutic breathing techniques and relaxation are included in each session. $75/five $150/eleven. Contact Ema at 665-7801; or


Drop-in Gentle Yoga and Meditation with Erica Dutton • Wednesdays, optional meditation 10:30-11 a.m., yoga 11 a.m.-12 p.m. • Iyengar Yoga for all levels, no experience necessary. Gentle enough for those with back and other body issues. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose clothing. Donations welcome. Contact Erica at 417-4385; or


Intro to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Mohinder Singh • Wednesdays, 6 p.m. • Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of Awareness. Yoga means union; this union is with your inner true self. Everyone is welcome―Sat Naam. $12-20. Contact Mohinder at 276-6520; or


Yin Yoga with Pure Hot Yoga Studio • Thursdays, 12 p.m. • Yin Yoga increases circulation in the joints and improves flexibility. It is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time ranging from 45 second to two minutes. Yin Yoga brings about a meditative awareness of inner silence which is good for beginners. $49/new student special. Contact Lora at or


Shifting Perspectives with Inversions with Brad Waites • Saturdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. • Learn why inversions are the Queen and King of Asana. For teachers of all traditions seeking resources to deepen their classes. YA continuing credits apply. $75. Contact Raisha at 989-284-1042; or


Deep Centering with Ema Stefanova • Ongoing classes 5:30-6:30 p.m. • Classes are designed to effectively relieve stress at a deeper level, both in the body and in the mind. Experience a sense of harmony and centering. Dynamic posture sequences are followed by systematic relaxation and visualization at the end. $75/five sessions. $150/eleven. Contact Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation at 665-7801; or


Yoga with Cats with Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center • Sundays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. • Practice Hatha style yoga with the furry feline masters at Ann Arbor’s own cat cafe! Bring peace to your mind and body while filling your heart with joy as you help animals―proceeds help the homeless animals in our community. $10. Tenth class free! Contact Karen at 661-3530; or


Rise and Shine Yoga with Michele Bond • Fridays, 7-8:15 a.m. • The class begins with candlelight as the sun rises over the nearby treetops and ends in the full light of the new day. Mixed-level practice. $14/registered; $18/drop-in with instructor permission. Call 358-8546; or


Rise and Shine at Nine with Michele Bond • Thursdays, 9-10:15 a.m. • Includes the goodness of the original Rise and Shine class but at a later hour. $14/registered; $18/drop-in with instructor permission. Call 358-8546; or


Gentle Yoga with Marlene McGrath • Ongoing Classes • Expanded offerings of gentle yoga classes designed for students who want a more supported and slower-paced class. These classes feature props and modifications to promote elasticity, strength, and stability for those who may have mobility, stamina, or balance issues. Suitable for beginners or experienced students. See website for times, dates, and costs. Email at marlenemamayoga@ or


Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Marlene McGrath • Ongoing Classes • These classes are designed to support the changes of a pregnant body, instill confidence in the body’s abilities, and provide physical, mental, and emotional preparation for birth and mothering. Postnatal yoga is practiced with babies present. See website for times, dates, and costs. Email at or


Iyengar Yoga at Yoga Focus with Karen Ufer • Day, Evening, and Weekend classes • All levels of classes are taught including gentle, new beginner, and prenatal. All props are provided. Instruction in Iyengar method is invigorating, safe, and enhances wellbeing. $18/drop-in; $15/class for session. Contact Karen at 668-7730; or


Harmony Yoga of Ann Arbor: Iyengar Yoga Classes with Karen Husby-Coupland • Ongoing classes • Classes for beginners and for more experienced yoga students, as well as gentle yoga for those who prefer a supported, slower-paced approach to the practice of yoga. $18 class (discounts for multiple classes). Contact 222-9088; or


Intensely Gentle Yoga with Patty Hart • Ongoing classes • These classes are for those seeking a slower-paced class, those who are new to yoga, or those needing more adaptation for postures using props. Students are encouraged to develop a deeper sense of self-observation and concentration by focusing on their breathing while moving into, sustaining, and exiting poses. Call 645-7251; or


Iyengar Yoga Classes with Laurie Blakeney • Ongoing classes • Safe, transformative, and educational instruction in the art of practicing yoga asanas (postures). Call for session rates and drop-in fees. Call 663-7612; or annarborschoolofyoga. com.


Iyengar Yoga with Kirsten Brooks • Ongoing classes • These classes will follow the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar to explore the subject of yoga through the lens of physical poses. No prior yoga experience necessary. $120, regular fee or pay what you are able. Call Sue at 622-9600; or